I know he’s twenty and independent and resourceful and smart. I know this! But he’s still my baby and it was still really hard watching this earlier today:
Notice that he’s walking away from me…
…and toward Prague, where he’ll be studying for the next 11 weeks through a travel abroad program through the University of Washington.
It’s perfect timing for him and he is ripe for an adventure like this. He’ll come back a changed person… which is exactly as it should be. He’ll be wiser, more worldly, and more mature -- yet still, I’m sure, the same ol’ Aleks we love.
I’ve begged him to blog, but he said he’d rather write a private journal – which is actually a wonderful idea and something he’ll read for years to come, I’m sure. Even getting him to take my old digital camera was a struggle. (Hell, even getting him to pose for this picture was a bit of a… well, it was definitely a mommy-request! Can you tell by his smirk?)
I just have to realize that blogging and pictures are my thing, not necessarily his. I have to be patient and just take what he offers. I have a feeling it will be in the form of Facebook updates, which is just fine with me!
So there he goes. My world-traveling, six-foot, body-building baby… off to see the world! Be safe, Aleks. Be a sponge!